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February 22, 2014

Suspects' attorneys adjourn hearing

TRAVERSE CITY — Attorneys who represent suspects in an attempted robbery and stabbing on Northwestern Michigan College’s campus cut short a potentially lengthy court hearing with requests for more time to prepare.

Jorge-Antonio Lopez Alvarado, 21, Antonio Fabio Orozco, 18, and Jorge Alberto Vasquez-Antonio, 15, face charges of assault with intent to murder and other felonies for a Jan. 31 attack on an Indiana man.

A Friday preliminary examination was scheduled in 86th District Court, but defense attorneys for Alvarado and Vasquez-Antonio requested the hearing be adjourned. Orozco waived his right for the hearing and his case was bound over to 13th Circuit Court.

“He made a mistake and he’s looking forward to resolving this matter,” said Orozco’s attorney Jason Razavi.

Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said it made sense for Alvarado’s attorney David Clark to request more time. He said Clark was appointed one day before the hearing and likely didn’t have time to read the lengthy police report and slog through hours of taped statements.

Clark and Vasquez-Antonio’s attorney Philip Settles didn’t return calls for comment.

Razavi said Orozco is a high school student who’s involved in volunteer activities in the community.

“It appears he got caught up in a bad situation,” Razavi said.

A Traverse City police investigation led to additional charges against two women — Ashley Ann Day, 21, and Alyssa Ann Rodriquez, 17 — accused of conspiring to help the three young men steal drugs from Dwight Jonathan Thompson, 35, of Indianapolis, who faces drug charges.

Cooney doesn’t anticipate additional charges to be filed.

A new preliminary examination for Alvarado and Vasquez-Antonio is scheduled for March 11 at 1:30 p.m. Cooney said Orozco’s pretrial hearing in circuit court likely will take place Feb. 28.

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